Florida politics

Twenty-one-year-old Representative Amber Mariano is vowing to put the “fresh” in freshman as the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida House.

Florida’s first openly gay Hispanic legislator says he will push for state funding to help his Central Florida constituents recover from the nation’s worst mass slaying.

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In what will likely be his last trip to Miami as sitting president, President Barack Obama campaigned Thursday afternoon on behalf of the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, at Florida International University’s south campus.

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The Aug. 30 election will be  the first to host elections in  the newly redrawn state and federal congressional districts.

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Next year’s state budget boasts what Governor Scott has called record funding for K-12 education. After deep cuts spurred by the Recession, per-pupil spending, known as FEFP, or Florida Education Finance Program has indeed hit a new high—but not when you account for inflation.

Rubio's Exit Disappoints Kids Too

Mar 16, 2016
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Although they can't vote, kids were disappointed by Marco Rubio's exit from the Republican presidential nomination race on Tuesday. Several who attended Rubio's exit speech at Florida International University began crying after the senator announced his decision. And a group of students and friends from Florida Christian School say they'll miss working on the campaign.

 

The Florida Primary: Who Voted and Why

Mar 15, 2016
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South Florida voters shared their thoughts, voiced their opinions and told us which candidates they voted for in the Florida primary election. Listen to them talk about why. 

Edward Hannaway, voted for Bernie Sanders

"If the guy was a street sweeper I'd vote for him."

Linda Lane, voted for Hillary Clinton

"Probably everything that's opposite of what the Republicans stand for."

Elise Marilles, voted for Bernie Sanders

Why Vote? (When You Could Be On Miami Beach)

Mar 15, 2016
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           It was 85 degrees and breezy with a spotless sky on Miami Beach Tuesday afternoon—not exactly weather to make you roll up your towel and head for the polls.  K’Teyah Dumoy, sprawled in the sand with family visiting from Canada, says she usually votes. But Tuesday? "It’s such a perfect day at the beach, so..."

Tom Hudson

Just days away from the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years, the White House announced another set of changes to American travel, trade and financial policies toward Cuba. The further easing of restrictions and the presidential trip come as three leading congressmen expect a vote before the end of the year on removing either the travel ban or the 54-year-old trade embargo.

Rubio Suspends Campaign After Trump Takes Florida

Mar 15, 2016
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Republican Marco Rubio of Miami suspended his campaign Tuesday night after losing his home state to Donald Trump.

Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were victors in the Florida presidential primary.

Florida was do-or-die for Rubio. Florida's 99 Republican delegates are awarded on a winner-take-all basis.

"While this may not have been the year for an optimistic message, I still remain hopeful and optimistic about America," Rubio told his supporters Tuesday evening.

South Carolina Seen As Crucial For Bush

Feb 18, 2016
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  The presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has pulled out all stops in South Carolina. It’s been a family affair with the  matriarch, Barbara Bush, hitting the trail and former President George W. Bush coming out of retirement to stump for his brother.

  That has Bush supporters, like South Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, saying calls for him to exit the race are premature. 

Failed Project Lands Trump In Florida Appeals Court

Jan 25, 2016
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While Donald Trump banks on his brand to boost him into the White House, a Florida appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in lawsuits accusing the Republican presidential front runner of misrepresenting his role in a failed beachfront project in Fort Lauderdale.

The 4th District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in two lawsuits related to what was pitched as a swanky, Trump-branded hotel/condominium. Investors have battled in court for years to get back hundreds of thousands of dollars in deposits from the real estate developer and associates.

Trump Takes Commanding Lead In Florida

Jan 20, 2016
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Real estate magnate Donald Trump is "crushing" his Republican opponents in the Sunshine State, according to a new poll of likely Florida voters released Wednesday.

The poll, released by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative, showed Trump drawing the support of more than 47 percent of GOP voters, giving him a 32-point lead over the next-closest candidate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The survey also gave Trump a 12 percentage-point boost from an FAU poll in September.

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Busloads of public school teachers trundled up to Tallahassee on Thursday to give lawmakers a piece of their minds.

More than 1,000 teachers pressed into the plaza of the Capitol under a gray, 52-degree sky. Holding signs that read: “enough is enough,” the teachers chanted between speeches.

 

The rally was organized by the Florida Education Association, which represents Florida’s teachers’ unions — and it opposes Florida’s high-stakes testing and merit pay for teachers.

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On the first day of session, the Florida statehouse smells like a flower shop. Bouquets of lilies and roses and orchids crowd the desks of the representatives and senators.

It’s just one tradition on a day full of first-day-back traditions.

You can hear a dispatch from the Capitol on this day full of pomp:

And here are some highlights from opening ceremonies:

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